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Impacts in 4-H Youth Development

Youth active in the 4-H program are...

  • Nearly four times more likely to make contributions to their communities.
  • About two times more likely to be civically active.
  • Nearly twice as likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time.
  • Nearly two times more likely to make healthier choices.

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SDSU Extension 4-H awards 2023 scholarships

South Dakota State University Extension is pleased to announce the sixteen recipients of 4-H state-level scholarships.

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SDSU Extension 4-H Hall of Fame recipients honored at 2023 South Dakota State Fair in Huron

The 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame and 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Hall of Fame inducted seven new individuals on Sept. 3 during the 2023 South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

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SDSU Extension presence growing in Sioux Falls-area youth development programs

The SDSU Extension team based in the Sioux Falls Regional Office is working to provide quality education and programming for youth in the Sioux Falls area.

Workforce Development

two male and one female 4-H youth inspecting a robotics control program on a laptop

4-H helps youth explore career pathways that strengthen South Dakota's future. We actively seek entrepreneurs and professionals to partner with us to provide youth with shadowing experiences, mentorship and opportunities to develop the necessary skills to be successful employees or entrepreneurs. Our work is accomplished through a variety of virtual and community-based educational opportunities.

Across South Dakota

Learning robotics helps youth develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Robotics in the Classroom helped over 500 students learn about engineering, science, computer operating systems and math while they developed complex problem-solving and communication skills.

In Codington County

Kid Kare babysitting clinics have been a staple in Codington County for many years. Participants who complete the program understand the ages and stages of childhood development, are prepared to perform basic first aid, know how to react in an emergency, learn age-appropriate activities for children, and food safety for infants and toddlers. 108 youth from 26 counties are prepared to be responsible babysitters after completing the in-person or virtual training.

In Meade County

43 youths participated in the Shots and Stitches workshop and Animal Science skillathon with the help of local volunteers. After learning about needle gauges and how to give shots to animals, youth talked about how these skills would be used in various careers. Skillathon participants demonstrated their knowledge related to forages, animal breeds and animal health.